Most of the TOP SAFETY PICK+ awards go to two manufacturers: Hyundai Motor Co. which owns the Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands, has six models earning the award, and Subaru has four. Mercedes-Benz has two, while Toyota and Ford Motor Co. have one each.
Toyota Motor Corp. has the most vehicles, 10 which is on the TOP SAFETY PICK list. Hyundai is the runner-up with nine. All but one of the seven vehicles in Subaru’s 2018 lineup earn one of the awards. The Impreza, Legacy, Outback and WRX qualify for TOP SAFETY PICK+ when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights. The Crosstrek and the Forester earn TOP SAFETY PICK, also with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.
IIHS has been recognizing vehicles with TOP SAFETY PICK since the 2006 model year to help consumers identify vehicles with the highest safety ratings without having to wade through information about individual tests. The TOP SAFETY PICK+ accolade was introduced in the 2013 model year to recognize vehicles that offer a superior level of safety. Over the years, IIHS has added to and strengthened criteria for both awards, pushing automakers to speed up safety advances.
The Institute releases ratings as it evaluates new models, adjusting the list of winners throughout the year. By fall of 2017, 69 vehicles had earned 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ and 51 had earned 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK.
The Top Safety Pick+ winners are listed below.
Subaru Impreza (sedan and wagon)
Large luxury cars
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
Midsize luxury SUV